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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 40, No. 6, 2019, pp. 476-487
Bioline Code: zr19048
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 40, No. 6, 2019, pp. 476-487

 en Genomic insights into ruminant evolution: from past to future prospects
Wang, Bao; Chen, Lei & Wang, Wen

Abstract

Ruminants (Ruminantia) are among the most successful herbivorous mammals, exhibiting wide-ranging morphological and ecological characteristics (such as headgear and multichambered stomach) and including various key livestock species (e.g., cattle, buffalo, yak, sheep, and goat). Understanding their evolution is of great significance not only in scientific research but also in applications potential for human society. The rapid growth of genomic resources provides unprecedented opportunities to dissect the evolutionary histories and molecular mechanisms underlying the distinct characteristics of ruminants. Here we summarize our current understanding of the genetic, morphological, and ecological diversity of ruminants and provide prospects for future studies.

Keywords
Ruminantia; Genome evolution; Phylogenomics; Traits; Adaptive evolution

 
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